Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Randall Kerrick will not be charged in the “excessive” shooting death of unarmed Floridan A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell. The 24-year-old Ferrell was shot ten times by Kerrick after Ferrell crashed his car and was seeking help from police.
An investication by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department determined that “Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.” However, a grand jury has determined that they will not seek voluntary manslaughter charges, and asked the prosecutor to come back with lesser charges.
“We the Grand Jury respectfully request that the district attorney submit a bill of indictment to a lesser-included or related offense,” read a written request from the jurors.
On September 14, 2013, Farrell crashed his car and after pulling himself from the wreck, approached a house to call for help. The woman inside thought he was trying to break in so she called police. Kerrick and two other officers arrived at the scene, and said that Farrell was acting “aggressively” and opened fire. Ferrell, who was not armed, died.
The Attorney General’s office is considering re-submitting the case to the Grand Jury for consideration.
Meanwhile the family of Farrell are looking at other avenues of justice. The Farrell family is suing Kerrick for wrongful death and demanding police release a dashboard camera recording from the night of the shooting.
Watch local news coverage of the shooting here: